Vanpayar Ularthiyathu

Vanpayar ularthiyathu

Today’s recipe, vanpayar ularthiyathu is a simple one but tastes awesome when paired with rice and yoghurt/pulisseri. This recipe was shared by my friend Anu Cijo’s mom. Thanks Mary aunty for this delicious recipe!

Ingredients (Serves 4)

1. Red chori / van payar – 3/4 cup (Soaked in enough water for at least 6 – 8 hrs)

2. Coconut oil – 1 tbsp

3. Mustard seeds – 3/4 tsp

4. Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Coconut flakes / thenga kothu – 1/4 cup

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

5. Pearl onions – 5, sliced

Ginger – 1/2 tsp, finely chopped

Garlic – 1 tbsp, sliced

6. Crushed dried red chilies – 3/4 tsp or as required to taste

7. Fresh ground pepper powder – 1/4 tsp or to taste

8. Salt – To taste


Cook the red chori / vanpayar in a medium vessel or a pressure cooker for 1 – 2 whistles adding enough water, salt and a few curry leaves. If there is excess water, strain. Set aside.

2. Heat coconut oil in a pan / cheena chatti at medium heat. Splutter mustard seeds and add curry leaves, coconut flakes and 1/4 tsp turmeric powder. Stir for a minute and add ginger, garlic and pearl onions. Add a pinch of salt and saute for a couple of minutes. Add crushed chilly flakes and saute for a minute. Add cooked vanpayar and mix well. Stir fry for a minute or two until dry. Finally add 1/4 tsp pepper powder and mix well. Switch off. Serve with rice and other side-dishes.

Vanpayar Ularthiyathu

Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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